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Ringed Teal

Ringed Teal

(Callonetta leucophrys)


Ringed teal are one of the smallest ducks in the world at about 38cm in length and weighing 310-340g. These ducks are sexually dimorphic which means the males and females look different. Males have reddish- brown backs with grey sides and a tan breast with black speckles. Females have a duller brown back with brown stripes on a pale chest.

Habitat & Distribution

These ducks are native to South America and can be found in Uruguay, Paraguay, northern Argentina and southern Brazil. They are semi- aquatic and spend their time in and around water.


Ringed teal are mainly herbivores, feeding on a variety of aquatic plants as well as seeds and shoots. They will also occasionally feed on aquatic invertebrates.

Life Span

10-15 years.

Conservation Status

Least concern.